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Augment infra, diagnostic facilities in health institutions: Secy Fin to officers

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Jammu, Dec 06: As a part of on-going pre-budget exercise, Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary Thursday chaired two separate meetings to discuss the budget proposals of the Departments of Health & Medical Education, SKIMS, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs including Elections for the financial year 2019-20.

Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, Chief Electoral Officer, Shaleen Kabra, Secretary Law & Parliamentary Affairs, Achal Sethi, Secretary Legislative Assembly, R L Sharma, Registrar General J&K High Court, Sanjay Dhar and senior officers of the respective departments were present in the meeting.

The Srinagar based officers including, Director SKIMS, Dr Omar Javaid Shah and Principal JVC Bemina, Dr Riaz Untoo participated through Video Conferencing.

 

Team of senior officers from Finance Department comprising, Director Budget, Imtiyaz Ahmed Wani, Directors Expenditures, Shabir Ahmed Khan, Parvez Ahmed Kakroo, Joint Director Budget, Raman Kumar Gupta and others attended the meetings.

While considering the next year’s budgetary requirements of the Health & Medical Education and SKIMS Soura, the Principal Secretary Finance said that this vital sector is topmost priority of the Government and every possible step will be taken for further strengthen the infrastructural and other facilities for the smooth functioning of wide network of health institutions across the State for the overall benefits of patients. He urged the Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education and all HoDs to identify their priorities like procurement of equipment and machinery, critical ambulances, commissioning of newly sanctioned medical colleges and para-medical colleges and schools. He also called for paying focused attention to strengthen the medical facilities and deployment of critical care ambulances in the hilly and far-flung areas and along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway to ensure immediate medical attention to accidental cases and people of these areas.

Appreciating the concerns of the Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education regarding the paucity of doctors and para-medical staff, especially to run the new colleges, Navin assured to support all tangible proposals of the Department and providing necessary funding. He also agreed to earmark token funding for the makeshift arrangements to start the functioning of the new colleges from the next year.

Describing the SKIMS as premier institution of the Jammu and Kashmir, Navin said this institution is catering the huge flow of patients from all corners of the State and doing excellent work. He assured to fill the gaps with regard to creating more infrastructural and other facilities to meet the increased work load of the institution. He called upon the management to prioritize areas and further action plan to upgrade facilities and accordingly the Government will provide adequate funding for this important institution.

The budget proposals and functioning of the Departments of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, including Elections were also discussed in detail and the Principal Secretary Finance assured the concerned to accommodate their all genuine requirements.


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Accord sense of security to people: PDP to Guv

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Srinagar, Feb 18: The People’s Democratic Party Monday urged the Government to ensure protection of rights of People of J&K.

In a statement issued to media, Party’s Chief Spokesperson said that aftermath of Pulwama incident, has shown signs of communal violence and misunderstandings where the common Kashmiri is suffering.

Mir said that “central government should ensure that the secular fabric of the country is upheld, the disturbing reports of denying admission and entry to Kashmiri students in various institutions is unconstitutional and no democratic government would ever allow such discrimination to happen which will eventually alienate the people further.

 

Mir said that we urge the Governor that the rights of people of Valley should not be jeopardized, we appreciate setting up of helpline for students but the Government also needs to accord a sense of security to the people, that concerns their social security. Mir said that civil society including that of mainland country must step in to ensure that communal harmony prevails and the tensions is not escalated by targeting Kashmiris in particular.

Mir said that party is grieved at the Pulwama incident and believes that the cycle of violence has only added to the loss endured. He said that “this is not the time to play politics from positions of polarity, where the anger and outrage is directed towards a common Kashmiri, Mir said.

He said that we earnestly appeal Governor sahib to ensure social security of Darbar move employees in Jammu and particularly Kashmiri students across the country, He said that the axe is unfortunately falling on innocent people who have nothing to do with politics of the state.

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Students stage protest in Sopore against attacks on Kashmiris outside Valley

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of north campus at Wadoora Sopore in north Kashmir on Monday staged a protest demonstration over growing incidents of harassment and attacks on Kashmiris by rightwing extremists in Jammu and outside the state.

The students protested inside the college premises and demanded an immediate release of Kashmiri student who was detained in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

“Kashmiris are not safe outside and this is not for the first time that our brothers and sisters are being targeted, harassed and detained,” a group of agriculture students while talking to media said.

 

Scores of students studying in different tuition centers in Parraypora area of Srinagar also staged a protest against the attacks.

The students also expressed serious resentment over the growing attacks on Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to it.

They also demanded the withdrawal of sedition and other cases the students in different parts of India.

The students also demanded the safety of Kashmiri students outside the Valley.

Pertinently, on Sunday police detained Tahseen Gul of Kashmir, a B.Tech student of Chitkara University in Baddi on the charges of allegedly glorifying suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar who was behind the Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF men were killed and several others were injured on Thursday.

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Invest in establishing educational institutions in Kashmir: Rasheed to political parties

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Srinagar, Feb 18: After the Kashmiris were attacked in different parts of the country, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed on Monday have appealed the regional political parties to assure and include in their manifesto that they will ensure opening of new professional and technical colleges in the state in the private sector and will make the legal procedure for the same easier.

Quoting Rasheed, the spokesman said that while state already lacks good professional colleges and institutions, but the ongoing assault and harassment against Kashmiri students in other states have created more need for establishing such institutions in public and private sector.

Rasheed said that many local investors have been trying hard to get permission from the competent authority to establish various much-needed colleges in Kashmir valley but unfortunately bureaucracy has been creating barriers and thus not allowing education sector to flourish beyond a certain point. It is high time for all those regional political parties who are in the race of power to make sincere and concrete promises that they will not only allow investment in the education sector without creating hurdles but will also create a huge network of professional and technical colleges in every district and region of the state.

 

“Unless main political parties including NC and PDP do not promise to make the process of establishing these institutions time-bound and easy by making necessary amendments in the laws, the aim cannot be achieved,” the spokesman quoted Rashed as saying.

Meanwhile, Rasheed welcomed actor turned politician Kamal Hassan’s statement asking New Delhi to revisit its policies and resolve Kashmir dispute by holding a plebiscite so that peace returns in the entire sub-continent.  He said, “It is good to see credible voices speaking sense and understanding the significance of finding peaceful resolutions rather indulging in spreading venom against each other”.

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